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Kill the Boss Good-Bye

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.Tom Fell has been mad for some time.But who has the nerve to destroy him?While Tom Fell was away, his empire collapsed.The cops started raiding his betting parlors.The lieutenant he left in charge decided he wanted to stay in charge.

Now Fell is back from his enigmatic vacation--tan, rested, and teetering on the edge of psych
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Paperback, 124 pages
Published April 27th 1993 by Vintage (first published 1956)
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Kemper
Leave a copy of this laying around the office and see how your boss rates you in your next performance review after he or she gets a look at the cover….

San Pietro is a small city with a bustling bookie business thanks to its horse racing track, but the local criminal kingpin Tom Fell, hasn’t been seen in a month after leaving his flunky Pander in charge. Pander sees this as his chance to take over for good so Fell’s loyal minion Cripp fetches the boss. Unfortunately, Fell has been getting treatm
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Kurt Reichenbaugh
From 1956, this novel details a power struggle for the control of a west coast city's gambling and vice rackets. Right hand lieutenant Pander decides to take control of things while the boss, Fell, is chilling in a rest home after a nervous breakdown. Under Pander's leadership things start going to hell. Fell decides, against his doctor's wishes, to check out and return to the business. Only problem is, Fell's cure is a precarious one, and the inevitable downward spiral to psychosis may be the r ...more
Jason Speros


I am tempted to give this three stars based on the last 1/4 of the book, which I didn't care for much. But the scenes depicting the power struggle between the two main characters were just too good. 4 stars based on that and also one of the best nose breaking scenes I've read in crime fiction.
Jim
where has this writer been all my life? Great charcterization, the plot seems to peak two thirds of the way through but then it gets even, pardon me, crazier. Quick read at 120 pages or so but so much happens you'd never know it.
Steve Sanderson
A tight short thriller. Written in 1956 it isn't anywhere as shocking as it was (I assume) when it first was published. The psychological talk isn't that far out either. It does wind up nicely.
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Peter Rabe aka Peter Rabinowitsch, was a German American writer who also used the nom de plumes Marco Malaponte and J. T. MacCargo (though not all of the latter's books were by him). Rabe was the author of over 30 books, mostly of crime fiction, published between 1955 and 1975.
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